Thursday 20 October 2016

Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew to meet Chewbacca mask lady

Published 24/05/2016 | 17:26

Peter Mayhew plays Chewbacca in the Star Wars films (AP)
Peter Mayhew plays Chewbacca in the Star Wars films (AP)

TV talk show host James Corden has surprised Chewbacca mask lady Candace Payne with the chance to meet the actor behind the Star Wars creature.

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Ms Payne's wildly popular video of her hysterically laughing while wearing a toy Chewbacca mask has gained more than 140 million views on Facebook since she posted it last week.

On Corden's Late Late Show, which airs in the US, the British star read a message to Ms Payne from Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, who said he had carved out time to meet her during an upcoming visit to her home state of Texas.

Earlier in the show, Ms Payne appeared in a skit alongside Corden and Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams in which the three wore the masks that emit Chewbacca's distinctive roar.

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